Fence News, USA - September 2021

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with Safety Top Caps from NMI 18 ORNAMENTAL FENCING 20 Torch Lake Project Results in Unique Design and Collaboration 25 U-C Coatings Introduces Fence Guard® Stain Concentrate 26 Styles of Ornamental Fence 28 Myths Vs.Facts about Wrought Iron Fencing 30 3 Advantages of Ornamental Iron Fencing 34 Iron World Instrumental in Legoland New York Theme Park Project 38 Wrought Iron & Ornamental Iron Differences

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Layers of Protection are Best Defense against Drowing Worldwide Fencing Industry is Forecasted to Experience Significant Growth Star Spangled Banner Flies High on Fence Company’s Property Top fo the Chain with Brian Dickson, President, BD Loops Tips for Working with and Managing SubContractors by Tom Luby Codelocks Introduces Gate Panic Hardware Kits The Devil is in the Details by Mark Levin In Memory of Nancy Freedman Peters In Memory of Nathan Levine

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Layers of Protection Are BEST DEFENSE against Drowning So far, 2021 has seen a spike in drownings around the United States and many areas of the country are on pace for a record-breaking year, unfortunately. “While it is difficult to discuss national trends since data isn’t readily available from all areas of the country, a scary picture is developing with the early data we have access to,” says Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., EMT-B, executive director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. “The Florida Department of Children and Families has reported 66 fatal childhood (under 18 years old) drownings so far in 2021. This is a 46 percent increase over this same time in 2020 and a 65 percent increase over this same time in 2019. At this current pace, Florida is on track for the most childhood drownings in the last 12 years.” 8

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Many are looking for a cause for this sudden and dramatic increase in drownings. There are many theories, including the lack of swimming lessons availability during the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase in use of residential pools, and the ongoing swim instructor and lifeguard shortage. “While each of those issues are likely contributing to the problem, we don’t know what the direct cause is just yet,” explains Dr. Katchmarchi. “How do we attack the problem without knowing the exact root cause? Without direct answers to the cause of the increase, we

must use our existing prevention strategies.” The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) highlights the use of layers of protection to reduce the risk of drowning for everyone around water. Layers of protection involves the use of multiple safety strategies and tools that work together to prevent drowning. Layers include barriers that prevent or limit access to water, learning to swim/gaining water competency, supervision from adult caregivers and lifeguards, teaching everyone to be competent in water, and being ready to respond Continued on p10


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Best Defense Against Drowning, continuted from p8

if an accident happens. While no one layer is more important than the other, the use of all strategies in unison helps reduce, but not eliminate, the chance of a water tragedy. Fencing and barriers are a critical layer of protection for the youngest and most vulnerable to drowning. Drowning remains a leading cause of death and is the leading cause of accidental death in children one to four years old and for children with autism. Most drownings involving one- to fouryear-olds take place during “non-swim times”, or times when the child was not planned nor expected to be in or around water, such as the backyard swimming pool. Swimming pools can be very attractive to young children. The NDPA strongly encourages parents to get their children lessons that provide them water competency training. However, regardless of swimming ability, one of the most important layers of protection is fencing. The NDPA, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code all recommend a minimum of 48” of four-sided fence around all backyard pools. While perimeter fencing is accepted by some building codes, isolation fencing is the best safety choice to prevent drowning. Australia has seen a dramatic decrease in their drowning rates among their youngest age demographic and often point to their strict pool fencing requirements as one element responsible for the drop over the last 25 years. While pool fencing requirements vary by local jurisdiction and states in the U.S., that doesn’t negate the vital role and safety enhancement that fencing provides, especially for backyard pools. Australia estimates that their approach has likely saved over 500 children from drowning. “We can save even more young lives by fencing backyard pool environments and practicing layers of protection,” says Dr. Katchmarchi. To learn more about water safety, visit www.NDPA.org.

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Worldwide Fencing Industry Is Forecasted to Experience Significant Growth

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and residential building projects is increasing the demand for fencing. The high acceptance of PVC and other plastic materials are gaining traction in the global market. The metals segment is expected to dominate, owing to the increasing demand for barbed wire fences that provide higher security. The construction industry is one of the highest revenue generators in the market. The recent trend of beautifying resident and commercial buildings is surging the demand for fencing globally. The fence around the house adds the overall effect, emphasizing Distributing national brands of Aluminum, Steel, the housing structure and and Chain Link fence, gates and protective barriers. setting the line of control for the people. The application of Manufacturing 100% pure vinyl fence, railings, wood fences is prevalent in rural pergolas and arbors. and semi-urban areas in the US and Canada. The continuous government investment toward public infrastructures such as government premises, public places, museums, and parks supports the growth of the fencing market worldwide. The report considers the present scenario of the fencing market and its market dynamic for the period of 2021 – 2026. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restrains, and trends. The study covers both the demand and supply sides of the market. It also profiles and analyzes leading companies and several other prominent companies operating in the market. The following factors are likely to contribute to the growth of the fencing market during the forecast period: • Rising need of fencing at national borders • Beautified residential fences offering new opportunities • Introduction of new technologies • Rising agricultural projects and need to protect it from animals

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Ol’ Glory Flies High on American Fence & Flag Property

American Fence & Flag is known for flying Old Glory on their building in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. It covers the three-story building of this family owned and operated fence company. “Over the years, many individuals and groups have had their photos taken with the flag,” explains Harold Mante, president and founder of American Fence & Flag. “We’ve had folks with cars and motorcycles, a fire company, and a group of World War II veterans as well as other active-duty military and veterans.” American Fence has always had a patriotic flair, but it is now known for not only its name but the huge flag on its property. The way the flag display came about is an interesting story. Prior to high school graduation, Mante lined up a job at an exciting new theme park in Florida: Walt Disney World. Sadly, he arrived to start work in the midst of the oil embargo in October of 1973 when Disney was laying off employees because attendance was down, so there was no longer a job for Mante. He returned to the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania at a time when Sears was hiring for the holiday season; he was able to secure a position in the toy department, which was about as close to Disney World as he could get. 16

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As time went by, and winter headed toward spring, the toy department morphed into the garden department, which included fence installation. That was Mante’s introduction to the fence business. Not long after that, he and his good friend, Mark, both started fencing together near Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Later, they moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania to work for Anchor Fence. In 1983, Mark got married and moved back to the Wyoming Valley while Mante, eager to spread his wings, started American Fence, Inc. in 1983. Forty years later, they are still best friends and both in the fence business, though on different paths. In those early years, fence meant mostly chain link, then wood gained popularity and over time, aluminum and vinyl fence became standards. Through the years, a variety of other products were offered as the opportunity arose, from playsets to sheds to gazebos and pergolas, but fence has always been the mainstay of the company. About fifteen years ago, the company expanded into vinyl and aluminum railing, then

came the flags and flagpoles that now round out the product line.

“In September of 2012, I wanted to honor our active military, veterans and those whose lives were lost or directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001 by raising a huge US flag on the side of the office building,” explains Mante. “I intended to have it displayed from September 11 to November 11, Veteran’s Day, that year, but it was so popular with the community, that I decided to keep it flying.”


The flag measures 30’ by 50’ and weighs about 100 pounds. Each star measures 14” across while the strips are 27” high. “It took a few tries to get the right support structure, but it has been flying high for nine years with only a few interruptions, hurricane damage in 2018 being one of them,” Mante says. Due to weather and sun exposure, each flag usually lasts for a year and is replaced each spring. A local awning company binds the top and places the grommets in the binding to enable it to hang horizontally. The 35’ high steel structure which holds the flag consists of 2 ¼” zinc coated square steel punched tubing for the bottom half which stands 20’ high, then telescoping out of the 2 ¼” square is the same product except it is 2” square and the frame extends skyward with 15’ of that. Across the top, attached with T brackets, is 50’ of 2” square tubing. The top of the framework has four braces 20’ long attached to the roof of the building with welded plates bolted through the foot to matching steel plates in the attic. Holding the flag level and straight is 2” 20 weight pipe, welded together to form 54’ of continuous top rail. “Attached to the pipe are four winches with 65’ of steel cable on each winch which raise and lower the flag with the help of five to six people, our team members, both men and

women,” says Mante. Subsequent to hoisting the huge flag, the company expanded into the sale of flags and flagpoles and changed its trade name to American Fence & Flag. The flags are made in the United States from US materials by Annin Flagmakers, one of the oldest flag manufacturers in the country. Both polyester and nylon flags have been flown, the current one is nylon which seems to work best. “We take great pride in raising the flag each spring,” Mante says. “It is on display 24/7 and is well lit through the night with special lights installed just for that purpose.” For more information, visit www.american-fence.com.

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ORNAMENTAL FENCING Ornamental fencing gives a decorative distinction to areas, such as property lines, landscaping or entrance. It blends style with manufacturing to create a unique look that stands up against time and elements. From adding value to the property to additional security and aesthetic appeal, ornamental fencing offers residential and commercial locations the opportunity to add personality to their fencing. Read on to learn about options available and see examples of exceptional ornamental fencing.

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Torch Lake Project Results In Unique Design and Collaboration A homeowner’s extensive internet research led her to Ultra Aluminum, to take advantage of Ultra’s wide range of products, ability to customize, and meet her tight timeline. “There wasn’t enough time for a complete ‘one-off’ design,” says Ben Jodoin, VP of sales and marketing at Ultra Aluminum. “But this homeowner wanted to add enough custom touches to make the project distinctive.” The project started with an idea for one part of the property to combine the benefits of a privacy fence with some of the design elements of the ornamental aluminum they planned to use in other areas. In fact, this homeowner initially became interested in Ultra because she saw Ultra Eclipse VP, which is an aluminum/vinyl hybrid privacy screen with some unique characteristics. While Ultra Aluminum worked on a design for the unique privacy fence, they needed to pair-up with a contractor who could handle the challenges of a very large, high-end residential project bringing together multiple products for a very discerning client. “This was a multi-million dollar property, in arguably one of the best locations on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and the product and workmanship had to reflect that,” says Jodoin.

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The folks at Ultra Aluminum contacted Matt Fortuna from Straight Line Fence out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who sourced the Ultra material through Stephens Pipe & Steel and their long-time representative, Aletha Buiter. Fortuna says, “The 7’ privacy fence was something we hadn’t done before, but it was a great project to be part of. We got four other fencing and gate installs in the area as a result.” The homeowner first settled on a 5’ tall UAS 100 three-rail, spear-top style with industrial 1” pickets that would most often be used in commercial applications. The color chosen was Ultra’s Textured Black. Several decorative options were added,

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including quad finials, circles and tight-spacing puppy pickets, giving the fence design a premium look worthy of this oneof-a kind property. The next decision was how to create a lowmaintenance privacy fence that looked nothing like a typical vinyl privacy fence and would tie into the design elements of the ornamental fence. The folks at Ultra suggested a custom design incorporating their 6’ tall Eclipse VP privacy fence with the customized addition of the top 12” section of the ornamental fence used on the rest of the property. The body would be a vinyl T&G variegated board with a weathered look that was appropriate for the North Michigan lakeside location. The last major decision involved the gate design. Repeating all the options from the fence was the obvious starting point, but the homeowner wanted a custom inlay that would really set the gate apart. Given the lakefront location, a nautical theme seemed like an obvious choice and an anchor design was decided. “Not being satisfied with some of the custom waterjetted designs Ultra had done in the past, the homeowner collaborated with our CAD designer to design and produce an anchor that looked so realistic it could have come from a schooner that sailed the great lakes 100 years ago. It included a real chain that was welded in place!” explains Jodoin.

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Styles of Ornamental Fence Ornamental fences are not just about marking a boundary or keeping animals out of the garden; they make a visual statement of their own, and they can be an important focal point of a landscape or property. Ornamental fence styles vary from the time-tested traditional to the sleekly modern, while modern manufacturing technologies allow classic styles to be adapted to new materials.

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Ornamental cast iron fences add an air of traditional elegance. A typical ornamental iron fence design is simple, with plain horizontal rails and basic vertical pickets or stiles. In many designs, the picket extends beyond the top of the top rail and is crowned with an arrowhead-shaped finial; in some designs, finialtopped pickets alternate with shorter pickets without finials. More complex iron designs incorporate decorative elements such as arched picket arrangements, geometric ornaments or scrollwork.

Ornamental wood fences are available in a wide variety of styles. One of the most traditional is the classic picket fence. In this style, vertical pickets are spaced along horizontal rails so that there is a gap between the pickets. Variations on the basic picket fence style include fences with decorative picket profiles and pickets of varying heights that give the fence a decorative contour. Other ornamental wood fence styles include lattice fences, which incorporate wood lattice into decorative fence panels, and shadowbox fences, which use offset rows of pickets to provide privacy.

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Many ornamental vinyl fence styles mimic ornamental wood fence styles. Vinyl picket fences are common, although vinyl pickets often have a square profile rather than the common flat profile of wood pickets. Vinyl lattice fences and vinyl styles that imitate iron fences are also available. Because vinyl fence panels are prefabricated, they are less laborintensive to install than custombuilt fences, and vinyl wears better than wood and requires less maintenance than wood or iron.

Aluminum Fence Common aluminum ornamental fence styles emulate traditional iron fence styles, with finialcapped pickets arranged in simple patterns. Other aluminum styles offer a more modern look, with even simpler picket layouts and clean horizontal and vertical lines. The advantages of aluminum over iron include aluminum’s relatively light weight, which allows for easier installation and use in applications where iron would be too heavy, and aluminum’s lowmaintenance requirements as compared to those of iron.

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Myths Vs. Facts about Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron is one of the oldest fencing materials in use, and that may be why there is so much misinformation about it. Today, wrought iron offers both a decorative and practical fencing option for homes and businesses, adding style and security. Here’s a closer look at some of the common myths about wrought iron fencing, along with the facts to help you and your customers make the best decision when considerate this fence option.

Myth: Wrought iron is expensive. Fact: Wrought iron is more affordable than most people think. In Colonial times, only the wealthiest could afford to import wrought (meaning hand-shaped) ironwork for their regal brick and stone townhouses. By the early 1800s, however, as blacksmithing became more prevalent in the new United States, ornamental iron began to embellish a variety of home styles. This type of metal ornamentation peaked in popularity during the Victorian era, when foundries started casting and mass-producing embellished pickets, posts, and scroll details. Today’s wrought iron or solid steel fences are typically made of tubular steel or aluminum and can be mass-produced, which makes them more affordable. Wrought iron is also a worthwhile investment, with quality and durability that will stand the test of time. Myth: Wrought iron fencing rusts. Fact: Modern wrought iron is rust resistant. Old-school wrought iron does rust however, the opposite is true of modern wrought iron. Today, the iron is treated with a special powder coating during manufacturing that makes it resistant to rust and corrosion. If the powder coating or the surface of modern wrought iron gets scratched and develops rust, it can be easily fixed using sandpaper, putty, or waterproof paint.

Myth: Wrought iron is difficult to install and maintain. Fact: Wrought iron fencing is easy to work with and requires only routine maintenance. Modern wrought iron fencing is easy to work with during installation, with no requirement for any kind of welding, hammering or similar processes. Iron is an extremely durable fencing material and will stand up to a variety of weather conditions. Damage is rare, but minor repairs can typically be easily made without a major expense, because modern iron fences allow for rails to be unscrewed and replaced if damaged. For general maintenance, all a wrought iron fence needs is a yearly power wash to prevent any dirt and grime buildup. Myth: Wrought iron is always ornate. Fact: Wrought iron can be designed to meet different needs. Historically, wrought iron fences had ornate details, a desire by wealthy landowners to display their status with the addition of curves, finals, spearpoints and more. But modern wrought iron fences and gates can be designed in many different styles, with simple, minimalistic straight lines or more ornate decorative elements, such as monograms, leaves and vines or whatever custom design is desired. In addition, although traditional wrought iron is black, the protective powder coating process allows for numerous color options as well. Overall, a modern wrought iron fence offers both the protective security and the aesthetic appeal many property owners are looking for.

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Advantages of Ornamental Iron Fencing There are many different types of fencing material that each have their own unique benefits. When installing a fence to protect a home or property that needs high quality security combined with aesthetic appeal, ornamental iron fencing is a great option, according to Brad Miller, Senior Project Manager with American Fence Company. Miller explains that ornamental iron fence is a fence made of metal that may include wrought iron, steel, or aluminum. “It is incredibly durable and very easy to maintain, which makes it a worthwhile investment for any homeowner or business owner who wants to invest in high-quality fencing.” There are many reasons to opt for ornamental iron fencing, but Miller provides an overview of three primary advantages of ornamental iron fencing:

1. Security & Privacy

When it comes to enhancing perimeter security, ornamental iron fencing is a great option. Iron fencing is exceptionally strong and durable, and it can help protect your property from trespassers or animals. Installing ornamental iron fencing can give you the peace of mind that you have chosen a quality security solution for your home or business. And with the many different types of ornamental iron fencing available today, you can also enhance privacy and security with thick iron panels.

2. Aestetic Appeal

Ornamental iron fencing is one of the most aesthetically appealing fencing options. It comes in many styles and finishes and can be customized to meet many specific design requirements. The beauty and elegance of ornamental iron fencing adds a definite “wow” factor to the exterior of your home or business. It truly enhances the architectural appeal and landscape design of any property.

3. Value

Adding iron fencing can enhance the value of a property. Its durability and strength means it will last and look great for many years. If you decide to sell your home or business, the aesthetic appeal and value of an ornamental iron fence may help entice buyers to purchase.

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Iron World Instrumental in Legoland New York Theme Park Project Legoland New York is an amazing new theme park in Goshen, New York and a tribute to the outstanding partnership between Iron World Manufacturing and Yaboo Fence. Iron World President/CEO Richard Stellabuto would like to specially thank Kim Ragan, Iron World sales manager and John Koller, project manager from Yaboo Fence, as well as the rest of Iron World’s hard-working team, including Ray Shifflett and Darren Clagg, the plant managers responsible for the manufacturing and powder coating of all of the incredible custom colors for Legoland New York project. The park opened this past May 29, 2021.

Iron World and Yaboo Fence have partnered on many projects for over a decade, including the U.S. Coast Guard project on Staten Island and a project for Verizon in their signature Verizon red. “John Koller, project manager at Yaboo, and I have enjoyed and developed a solid working relationship to achieve excellence in our joint projects,” says Ragan. “This relationship and our project together at Legoland New York proved to be a true testament to that fact.” The Legoland New York project involves 150 acres of seven Legothemed areas or “lands” based on the Lego toy brand, with a 250-room Legoland Hotel. The overall property is over 500 acres. There are numerous structures made of Legos or designed to resemble Legos. “Despite the size and scale of this project, we couldn’t be more proud of how smoothly it went or the final result of our joint efforts, which will be enjoyed by kids, their families and all Lego fans for years to come,” says Ragan. Iron World handled any challenges to the project with Yaboo including Legoland’s requested custom colors and various panel heights. “In tandem with our partnership, hats off to Casey Gedeiko from Yaboo, who smoothly and efficiently ran the everyday field coordination and operation on site for seven months, that’s quite an accomplishment,” explains Ragan. “We truly value feedback from our customers. We were so happy to hear from Ryan Wood, the model shop manager at Legoland New York, that they were pleased with the joint efforts of Kim Ragan, account manager with Iron World and Yaboo Fence and the final Iron World and John Koller, project manager with Yaboo Fence. 34

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outcome of all the various fences installed at the park,” Ragan says. “There is room for expansion at Legoland New York, and we are ready, willing and able to assist in the expansion and see Legoland’s vision through in the future.” Iron World’s fence is presently around many areas in the park, including The Rescue Academy, Captain Cranky, Splash Battle, The Amphitheatre, Magic Bikes and the City Restaurant to name a few in Lego Blue, Lego Yellow, Lego Brown, Lego Gold and Iron World Black. Iron World has many current projects that require the use of special colors. They are close to completion of the Visa Headquarters complex in Miami, Florida. The Visa project uses a special lime green sold by their South Sales Representative Lew Blastic, with installation by their partner Tropic Fence—another outstanding collaboration. Please contact Iron World’s Maryland headquarters to discuss any project in any part of the country. Iron World’s sales and design team can accommodate any special or custom color required for any project. While the final results they provide look spectacular, this work is complicated. Most companies shy away from this type of demanding work, but we thrive on it, and can’t wait to help clients with any custom or special color projects. For more information and to see more photos, visit www.legoland.com/newyork. For more information about Iron World, visit www.ironworldfencing.com.

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Wrought Iron & Ornamental Iron Differences Wrought iron and ornamental iron are two very different classifications of a very similar style of fence. According to the fence professionals at FenceSupplyCo,com, knowing the differences between the two types of fences and understanding the right application for a specific project can save both time and money on our fence project. They say the biggest difference between these two types of fences is the material they are made from. Wrought Iron fences are made from Difference in Production Process for Wrought Iron and Ornamental Iron Fences

While both iron and steel are heat treated by fire to increase their strength, the formation processes they undergo are different. Charcoal firing is used to create wrought iron fences. According to the Real Wrought Iron Company, a supplier of genuine wrought iron, it can also be produced as a by-product of cast iron production. True wrought iron fences are hand-shaped by blacksmiths or master craftsmen. They take time to produce and are usually custom and made-to-order. Steel is created after the addition and

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the raw element of iron, a naturally occurring standalone substance that can be harvested from the earth. Many of today’s wrought iron manufacturers add iron silicate to their product. It can be difficult to find a manufacturer that uses true 100% raw iron in their fence materials. Ornamental “iron” fences are actually made from steel, a man-made product that is created when carbon is combined with iron. This creates a more affordable product that is easier to work with, but still displays similar properties to that of genuine wrought iron.

subtraction of several natural and man-made compounds. Most ornamental iron fences are machine made. They can be manufactured in large quantities and bought/sold in bulk. “Genuine” iron fences have not been commercially available since steel was popularized. However, you can still find the pieces needed to create a wrought iron fence. The professionals at FenceSupplyCo.com say rarely, if at all, will you find a true wrought iron fence manufacturer or mass producer.

Wrought iron is commonly used in the following applications:

• Custom Craftsmanship. If you want a genuine, one-of-a-kind fence, wrought iron is a great choice. It can be heated and shaped with great levels of detail and the quality of work will differentiate your fence from all the rest. • Long term, high-end architecture. Wrought iron holds up to harsh weathering longer than steel. It doesn’t corrode as easily or as quickly. • Restoration. If you’re improving or restoring a fence from the Victorian era, you’ll need wrought iron. Steel came into modern fence building during the industrial revolution.


• Creative, Decorative Architecture. Wrought iron is a great choice for decorative fences. Several fence installers and architects use wrought iron to create fences that are works of art. Ornamental Iron fences, which are made of steel, cost less, are easier to produce, and are widely available, according to FenceSupplyCo.com. It’s also easier for consumers to modify after installation. Many fence manufacturers also use wrought iron adornments to put the finishing touches on an ornamental iron fence through castings or similar processes.

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Brian Dickson and his father, Ted, started BD Loops in 2001 in his father’s garage. Interestingly, Brian is the “BD” in BD Loops. In 2013, Brian and his wife, Shawna, took over the operations of the company. BD Loops won the Stanton Manufacturer of the Year award in 2017 and Brian became president of the company in 2018. Read on to find out how BD Loops went from operating out of a garage to a 12,000 square foot building with over 600 distributors. HOW DID THE COMPANY GET STARTED? My father, Ted, and I started the company together in 2001. My father was managing an access control division at a wrought iron company and a lot of their repeat service calls on brand new gate installations were because of faulty loops. He had a background in broadcast engineering and decided to build a better loop to save the company all the lost revenue from repeat service calls. I set the company up and manufactured the loops in his garage. Soon, we had a garage full of loops and started selling our preformed loops to distributors in our industry. My wife, Shawna, and I took over the operations in 2013 and I became the president in 2018 when we bought my father’s shares of the company so he could focus more on his health and retire. Unfortunately, my

father passed away in 2019 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He had a difficult time staying still, he always had new ideas and projects he wanted to work on. He would call us all the time with ideas he had for workstation and building improvements. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT A LOOP IS, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT? An “inductance loop” is a vehicle detection device installed in the roadway designed to detect moving metal, such as a car. In the gate industry, loops are often installed to automatically open and/or prevent closure of the gate on a vehicle. Inductance loops are used in a variety of ways and many industries ranging from detecting vehicles at traffic signals, drive thru lanes, car counting in parking lots, and even your morning freeway traffic reports are all done with loops. IN THE BEGINNING, YOU HAD TO QUELL THE MYTH THAT AN UNTWISTED LOOP LEAD-IN WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS. DESCRIBE THAT SITUATION AND HOW YOU OVERCAME IT. Untwisted loops lead-ins isn’t the only loop myth we’ve worked on dispelling. There is a lot of misinformation about inductance

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loops and how they operate floating about. Anyone who has been in the industry long enough has probably heard quite a few of these myths: loops are pressure/weight sensors, loops only detect magnetic objects, varying guidelines on how far loops need to be placed from electrical lines, etc. We’ve found the best way to overcome misinformation is to provide quality educational content to the industry. We have an abundance of articles and test results about inductance loops on our website: www.BDLoops.com, and we teach classes about loops at various industry events. We’ve also worked with industry associations and manufacturers to help review and provide educational content on inductance loops for training courses. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF YOUR LOOPS? BD Loops are preformed, saving installers time during installation, require less materials (sealant & backer rod) for installation, and offer better protection with a thick outer jacket. Each loop is tested before being packaged so you know a BD Loop is good right out of the bag. Standard and custom sized loops also ship the same day. BD Loops has designed not just a superior loop product, but an entire loop installation system. For example, with our preformed Saw-


Cut Loops, we analyzed every step of the loop installation process from cutting, to wrapping, to the final seal. Which is why we offer 3/16” blades which make a narrower cut vs. ¼” blades, cut faster, and require 25 percent less loop sealant. Our Jacketed 3/16” preformed saw-cut loops offer more protection vs. single conductor insulated wires. Our loops can be installed quicker because they don’t require wrapping, twisting off the lead-in, and have built-in backer-rod in the wire’s outer jacket design. Our Saw-Cut loops also require less loop sealant because the jacket fills up a larger amount of the groove. We offer a custom-made Loop Sealant with a formulation specifically designed for sealing loops. Our BD-LS has a quick cure time (45 minutes skin time), superior wall adhesion and flexibility, and each tube comes with a 3/16” flat sealant tip that allows the installer to seal the groove in one pass from the bottom up. We even offer tools to assist with the installation and testing devices to troubleshoot loop circuits. We keep every aspect of the loop installation and the installer’s needs in mind when designing our products. IN 2016, YOU RELOCATED TO STANTON. WHERE WAS YOUR ORIGINAL LOCATION AND WHAT LED TO THE MOVE? We were originally based out of my father’s garage in Huntington Beach, California. We moved into a shipping container on a lot when we ran out of space. In 2006, we purchased our first building in Huntington Beach, a 2,000 square foot industrial unit.

Brian working on an installation project.

We stayed in that little unit as long as we could. We built up to the ceiling and even used a box truck for additional storage space. We moved to a 4,000 square foot building in Stanton in 2015. We have run out of space at our current building and are in the process

of moving to a 12,000 square foot building in Placentia, California. Moving is never fun, but every move we made allowed us to keep growing and expanding into new markets. Our latest move is going to allow us to bring on more employees and order materials more strategically.

keep our head above water. Our early material orders and open dialogues with our vendors have allowed us to make it to this point in the pandemic with only one price increase and we have not had any trouble filling orders for preformed loops with same day shipping. I feel terrible for all the dealers in this industry with the state of the economy right now, having to figure out how to make a living when the products they need are constantly increasing in price. We have been keeping our

HOW MANY DISTRIBUTORS DO YOU HAVE AND HOW IS THE PACE OF ADDING NEW ONES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? BD Loops has over 600 distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada representing several different industries including: gate, door, security, drive thru, car wash, and parking. BD Loops is an active participant at trade shows and industry events which allows us to support our distributor network by reaching new installers and supporting existing customers. We have been putting distributors on a quicker pace in recent years as we branch into new industries. One of the many seminars with BD Loops, providing education and resources. THESE ARE UNUSUAL TIMES, WITH THE COVID PANDEMIC AND SUPPLY SHORTAGES. FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ON HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES? The pandemic supply shortages and incredible price hikes we have been dealing with are a real challenge. When the USA shut down in March of 2020, we expected disruption to our supply chain to occur but couldn’t imagine that things would be as bad as they are now. We immediately placed orders to double the amount of material we have on hand to keep our production flowing. Our main goal in the early days of the pandemic was to keep all our employees on payroll and not run out of product. The recovery has been slower than all the experts predicted, and costs and lead times keep going up. Now, we check in with our major suppliers every few weeks and discuss how the market is looking and what the current lead times are. It has been challenging planning for 12+ months in the future on all our material needs, but we’ve managed to

installers in the forefront of our mind during the pandemic; our philosophy is that if our installers are doing well, then we are doing well. So, we are doing everything we can to be a stable source of preformed loops and installation tools. IS THERE A PRINCIPLE OR ADVICE YOU RECEIVED AT SOME POINT THAT HAS HELPED YOU IN BUSINESS? It sounds cliché but realizing that every problem is an opportunity to learn, grow and make improvements has been instrumental to our success as a company. It is a mindset we foster company wide. Our employees aren’t afraid to tell us if they think something is wrong, if they have an idea for improvement, or if they have made a mistake. We work with our employees to identify areas where we can improve and design procedures together so that our high standards of quality are maintained.

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Tips for Working With and Managing Sub-Contractors

Tom Luby, Business Consultant and Fence Industry Spokesperson

TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTION CAPACITY WITHOUT HAVING TO ADD EMPLOYEES, THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION COULD BE THE OPTION OF HIRING SUB-CONTRACTORS. THEN THE ISSUE BECOMES HOW DO YOU WORK WITH YOUR SUBS TO PRODUCE THE HIGHEST QUALITY WORK AT A REASONABLE COST SO YOU CAN BOTH MAKE A PROFIT? THEN, YOU MUST BE AWARE OF THE FINE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYEE AND SUBCONTRACTOR AND KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR SUBS TO PRODUCE THE QUALITY YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR BEST EMPLOYEES BUT WITHOUT CROSSING THE FEDERAL GUIDELINES BETWEEN THE TWO. First, when working with subcontractors, you need a written agreement of the arrangements. Naturally, it should contain the contractor’s name, contact info including address, phone, etc. and a list of requirements. Next, this list should include many federally mandated areas of separation for the fine line between employees and independent sub-contractors and is especially important in distinguishing tax liabilities. Here is a list of suggested requirements for you to consider: • Sub-contractor maintains a separate business with his own work facility, truck, equipment, materials, or similar accommodations. • Sub-contractor holds or has applied for a federal employer identification number or sub-contractor is a sole proprietor who is not required to obtain a federal employer identification number under state or federal requirements.

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• Sub-contractor performs or agrees to perform specific services or work for specific amounts of money and controls the means for performing the services or work.

• Almost always, the sub-contractor should realize a profit, but must be aware it is possible to suffer a loss in connection with performing work or services.

• Sub-contractor incurs the ancillary expenses related to the service or work that they perform or agree to perform. This does not include installation materials needed to complete the jobs but does include related expenses, like cost of tools and/or tool rental, gas, insurance costs, etc.

• Sub-contractor realizes he/she has continuing or recurring business liabilities or obligations.

• Sub-contractor is responsible for the satisfactory completion of work or service that they perform or agree to perform and is or could be held liable for a failure to complete the work or services. • Sub-contractor receives compensation for work or services performed on a per-job or a competitive-bid basis and not at any other basis.

• In reality, like with the fencing contractor, the success or failure of sub-contractor’s business depends on the relationship of business income to expenditures, so bid carefully and keep track of all receipts. • Obtain a valid certificate of workers’ compensation insurance or valid certificate of exemption. It is important to be clear as to the scope of work to be performed and the rate of compensation for this work. Things like quality control mechanisms and call back responsibilities need to be addressed beforehand rather than as an afterthought.


Details are important in your sub-contractor work agreement but avoid getting mired in minutia. There are things you can require of your sub-contractor, but there are also things that the federal government forbids you to control, such as start and stop times, but you can set start and finish guidelines for the project and include penalties if they are not met. Here is a sample of terms and conditions that you could set for work performed: • Terms and conditions include all provisions of the sub-contractor’s current agreement. • A plan for when payments are made to sub-contractor. • Arrangement for final payment; many companies give final payment after the contractor is paid in full by the general contractor and all charges have been deducted. • Fence installation materials are always supplied by the contractor. • Special agreements, such as if the contractor reserves the right to speed up completion of the project by adding additional work crews and the cost to be deducted from the contract price, as an example. • Unless specified otherwise, sub-contractor’s housing and travel expenses are the responsibility of the subcontractor. Keep in mind, these are only a few suggestions I’ve used in the past with clients, your company’s sub-contractor work agreement could be completely different. It is important, however, that you have a work agreement in place beforehand. The best working relationships for both parties is one where as many rules, regulations and compensation details are spelled out in as much detail as possible.

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Real Professionals talk Real Good Stain. Real Talk with Joe Everest, YouTube Fence Expert At Stain and Seal Experts, we believe doing real good for our industry starts with real conversations that lead to real action. We had the opportunity to discuss concerns facing fence contractors and homeowners with real fence professional – Joe Everest – YouTube’s Fence Expert. He shares his thoughts on the industry and what’s important to him when selecting the right stain product. What type of products or services are you interested in reviewing, researching, and promoting? And, why? Joe: I’m most interested in products and services that benefit both the homeowner and contractor. We improve our industry when we share information and promote win-win products and services. What specifically attracted you to Stain & Seal Experts products?

Joe: Initially, it was the fact that it’s a more natural product. I have young children, so I tend to be cautious of chemicals I bring into their environment(s). Whether we’re staining fences or decks, there are high probabilities children will come in contact with treated surfaces. It must be important to other people, knowing safer products are used in their yards. Why do you think Stain & Seal Experts products deserve to be used by fence and stain contractors, as well as homeowners?

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Codelocks Introduces Gate Panic Hardware Kits Codelocks introduces Gate Panic Hardware Kits as part of its Gate Solutions by Codelocks. The Gate Box Kits, launched in the fourth quarter of 2020, contain all components required for a straightforward installation, and can now include a surface-mounted exit device. These complete kits provide a simple and effective access control solution for fenced perimeters and outdoor spaces. They are available with selected locks from the Codelocks Mechanical, Electronic, and Smart Lock ranges. “With local swimming pools, tennis courts and parks fully open for the summer season, it’s important that safe emergency exit solutions are considered around the perimeters,” says Matt Welty, vice president, Americas at Codelocks.

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“Panic exit devices function differently than a typical door lock, allowing for safe egress and eliminating the need for a key or rotating motion. These devices are typically installed in the path of travel toward an exit of an area that has a capacity of more than 100 individuals.” Available locks include the CL400, CL500, CL600, CL5200 and CL5500 and are suitable for installation on four different types of fencing, making them an ideal choice for any restricted area that will benefit from controlling access, commercial or residential. The Gate Panic Hardware Kits include a two-piece, 24” tall adjustable width panic shield that is pre-drilled exclusively to accommodate a Codelocks exit device, anti-manipulation components, predrilled trim box and Codelocks panic trim. Codelocks now offers an additional special coating, Clean by Codelocks, which can be applied to any gate or fence lock and utilizes a process called photocatalytic oxidation. The clear coating combats

COVID-19 and can reduce bacterial growth by 99.96%*, providing an additional measure of protection over sanitization. Another recent addition to Codelocks mechanical lock range is Marine by Codelocks. Select locks feature a specialty enhance, salt spray tested ** black marine grade finish that is specially enhanced to resist exposure to salt spray and moisture, helping to prevent damage caused by corrosion in outdoor and maritime environments. Codelocks is a leading access control company that designs and distributes innovative, keyless dor locks and access solutions. To learn more, visit www.codelocks.us. *Clean by Codelocks is a brand name operated by Codelocks, Inc. to describe products that have been treated with the LumaClean™ Multipurpose Photocatalytic Coating manufactured by USA Nanocoat. All test results, certifications and claims are those applied for or of the manufacturer. Clean by Codelocks should not be considered a replacement for an overall cleaning and disinfection strategy. No claim is made or implied that Clean by Codelocks provides infallible protection against agents that may be harmful in part or whole to humans or animals. ** Tested in-house by Codelocks.


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The Devil is in the Details I was going to address some other issues in the industry this time, but the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill just sent its most recent draft to the Senate. I mentioned in the last issue that the industry had to get ahead of this issue by making key contacts and establishing key relationships. Now the hope is that something final will be passed in a couple of weeks. I hesitated to make comments on the program because things can change so fast, but it looks as though the final bill will at least have most of the same components as this most recent draft, so I dare to venture some observations.

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For the fence industry, the $1 trillion amount being touted by the bill’s supporters is a mirage. To be sure, there are several areas of the bill where fencing will have opportunities, but not at the tune of $1 trillion. For example, the draft only designates about 1/10th ($110 billion) to traditional infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, walkways, bike paths, etc. Many of these projects will, of course, contain fencing of various types, but remember that permanent fencing is usually among the last in-ground aspect of these projects. That means it may be years before some projects “pay off” for fencing contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. Another thing about the $1 trillion ballyhoo: according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, making a massive dent in the overall improvement of traditional infrastructure in the United States would require more than 75 percent of that trillion dollars, not barely 10 percent. This gap between the need and the funding grows bigger every year.

There are opportunities for the fence industry in other parts of the proposed legislation. Upgrading, updating and protecting the North American electrical grid is still a high priority for the Biden Administration. While a lot of this money is targeted at new, greener energy technologies, the need for the physical protection of the entire energy grid will give the fence industry plenty to work with. The industry made some strides over the past three to four years by raising its profile among the key decision-makers in the electrical energy field. For example, the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) worked closely with the electrical industry’s NERC 2020 program participants to be sure the minimum standards for physical protection under the mandated program included fencing that

by Mark Levin, CAE, CSP Executive Vice President, Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute

met appropriate ASTM and other industry guidelines. Those efforts may pay off under this portion of the infrastructure bill. Even the portion of the bill that addresses the desire for universal broadband access has some potential for the fence industry. Some of the physical infrastructure needed to provide this access will need perimeter security and multi-purpose platforms to expand into rural and other underserved areas.

The fence industry needs to be creative and aggressive in order to be considered a valued partner in this massive undertaking. Contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers should already be creating teams to be able to present solutions and options to public works officials, state and local governments, and other decision-makers. The final use of a good portion of the infrastructure funds will be made at the state and local levels. These decision-makers actually do have a certain amount of discretion on how the money will be spent in their jurisdiction. Fencing companies need to be prepared to understand the outcomes desired on each project, not just the budgets available. Get ahead of that final decision-making step (the bidding process) by showing clients that the right fencing system might be able to save them some money that can be reassigned to other projects. Infrastructure used to be a win-win program for Congress. The need is always so great that elected officials from both major parties can use it as the one sure thing the public wanted addressed. However, political priorities and party politics have meant it has taken more than four years to get something like this even close to being passed. Let’s hope the wait will have been worthwhile, and that the fence industry is ready to deliver.


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In Memory of Nancy Freedman Peters 1952 - 2021

Nancy Freedman Peters of Riverside, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021 surrounded by close family. She was 68 years old. The cause was breast cancer. Nancy is the wife of Steve Peters, executive vice president, principle of Southwestern Wire. She was born in New York City on August 25, 1952 to the late Jerome and Florence Freedman. Nancy attended Rye Country Day and Vassar before completing her BA in American History at Wesleyan in 1974. At Vassar, she met Steven Peters, whom she would later wed. Nancy received a MA in Communications and Journalism at Stanford and an MBA from Columbia. She worked for both NBC and Citibank in New York City. In 1982, she married Steven M. Peters, after the two reconnected while working in New York. They lived in Harrison, New York where they had their first son, L. David, before moving to Riverside, Connecticut, where she and her husband resided until her death. In Riverside, they also had their second son, Alex, and daughter, Diana. Nancy was a loving mother dedicated to the support of her children and the community, serving in roles which included President of the PTA at the Mead School, which each of her children attended. Until her death, Nancy was Chairperson and past-President of Jewish Family Services of Greenwich. A lover of the arts, she attended theater, opera, dance, and music performances locally and in New York as well as at her summer home in Chautauqua, New York, and was a founding board member of the Pegasus Contemporary Ballet in Dallas, Texas. She is survived by her loving husband, Steven Peters, and by their children and spouses: L. David Peters and Karen Reiss, Dr. Alexander Peters and Melissa Hochman, and Diana Peters Crowder and Jonathan Crowder; by grandson Jerome Samuel Peters; by sister Dr. Susan Freedman and brother-in-law Dr. Mark Zeidel; by sister-in-law Anita Peters; and by five nieces and nephews and their families. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Nancy’s honor to either Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (www.jfsgreenwich. org), and/or The Nancy and Steven Peters Fund for the Arts, Education and Social Responsibility.

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In Memory of Nathan Levine 1927 - 2021

Nathan Levine of Westborough, Massachusetts, passed away at 94 years of age on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Nate was part of the fence industry for many years. Beloved husband of Judith (Epstein) and devoted father of Shari Levine and Steven Grant of South Burlington, Vermont, and Kara Levine of Westborough. Adored grandfather of Chloe Grant and Mitchell Grant. He was predeceased by his parents, Esther and Samuel Levine and brother Eliot Levine. Services were held at Sharon Memorial Park on August 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Red Sox Foundation at 4 Jersey Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215.


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InCord Offers Biodegradable Fencing and Barrier Netting InCord is proud to offer biodegradable ECO2 - HTPP knotless fencing and barrier netting as an eco-friendly netting option that installs quickly and easily. InCord’s biodegradable ECO2 ecological barrier netting material will degrade and disappear in a short timeframe, leaving no fragments, or harmful residue. The white, polypropylene fiber yarn is engineered to break down to 10 percent of original strength in seven months, and to totally disband within 14 months. The mesh size is 1-7/8 inches with a 3 mm cord diameter. “Our sustainability vision is to do our part to improve the global ecosystem and to foster healthy living with no negative impact of our own,” says Meredith Shay, CEO and Owner. “This netting can be installed, then removed and stored compactly when not in use, or simply thrown straight into compost when it is no longer needed.” Shay says biodegradable netting is perfect for many applications such as temporary fencing, landscaping for climbing plants and decorative walls, screening, erosion control, ground stabilization, anti-bird net and more.

InCord is a sustainable energy contributor and an advocate of green policy initiatives. The company believes in reaching a balance between business and the environment with the daily decisions that we make. InCord turned away from the electric utility grid and emerged as their own producer of sustainable electric power with literally the throw of a switch. The company has 504 Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on their south facing roof. The PV solar electric system produces enough energy to meet 90 percent of the company’s yearly energy needs and 100 percent of all electric usage. The main office and manufacturing facility also uses efficient lighting and energy saving HVAC. The facility grounds are landscaped to make the best use of shade and water. InCord is a proud to be Green Business Certified. InCord is North America’s largest manufacturer of custom safety netting and a 10-year recipient of the Top Workplace in Connecticut. For more information visit www.incord.com

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was one of the original co-founders of Specrail which became atection, Thermatool managing global SpecrailCorporation participatedand in the transition from operations the use of at the Inductotherm holds an MBAaluminum from Pepperdine University a bachelor’s ornamental for fencing, deck andand balcony railing. degree in mechanica Porcelen Specrail Announces Retirement of President/CEO rom San Diego State University. Porcelen, Inc. / Specrail (a manufacturer of aluminum fence, gate, railing and paint/powder coater of aluminum) has announced that William Batts III, president and CEO of Porcelen Specrail, has retired after 48 years of service. The company is located in Hamden, Connecticut. Batts made numerous contributions William Batts III to the industry, the local community, and the operation of the business. He was one of the original co-founders of Specrail which became part of Porcelen. Under his direction, Specrail participated in the transition from the use of wrought iron, steel and wood to ornamental aluminum for fencing, deck and balcony railing.

Earlier this year, Jeffrey Pierson was named president and CEO. Pierson was previously the chief operations officer with Porcelen Specrail. Pierson is an accomplished manufacturing executive with over 25 years of industry experience. His career has focused on adding value to the customer while increasing the competitiveness, efficiency and sales of the company. Pierson has extensive experience leading sales, new business development, operations, manufacturing, and engineering in the Jeffrey Pierson fabrication industry for fencing and the metal thermal processing industries. Pierson held senior leadership positions at the Inductotherm Group over the last 25 years, including director at Thermatool Corporation and managing global operations at the Inductotherm Group. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University.

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Fall Board Meeting Date for NAFCA The fall board meeting for the members of the North American Fence Contractors Association will be held Thursday, October 7 at 4 p.m., eastern time. For details, visit www.4nafca.com. NAFCA Announces Service Project Dates The North American Fence Contractors Association announces their Arlington project will be on October 7 through October 9 at the Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone is invited to give back to those who gave all. For more information, visit www.4nafca.com. Common Ground Alliance 2021 Conference & Expo Held in October The Common Ground Alliance Conference & Expo will be held October 12 – 15 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. It’s the premier event for damage prevention stakeholders to assemble to share knowledge, data and technology. It will offer networking of integrated CGA committee meetings, industry-leading speakers, curated breakout sessions and discussion groups, and an interactive exhibit hall. Most importantly, it will facilitate the development of concrete actions the industry can take to help reduce damages. To register, visit www.cgaconference.com. Garden State AFA Holds Jackpot 21 Garden State AFA will hold Jackpot 2021 on October 29 and 30 at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. For details, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ gardenstateafa. NADRA and PSP Expo Partner for Deck Expo The International Pool Spa Patio Expo and the North American Deck & Railing Association are excited to announce a new partnership and will team up for the PSP/Deck Expo November 13 – 18 in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. For details and registration information, visit www.nadra.org/deck-expo. Fence Training School Dates Announced The four-day Fence Training School will be held February 6 through February 9, 2022 in Sebring, Florida. Participants will receive fence installation instruction from qualified, knowledgeable trainers with over 250 years of combined experience in the industry. Topics include access controls, chain-link, farm and ranch, HTP rail @ strand, ornamental, vinyl, wood, welding, tools and equipment and safety. For more information, visit www.4nafca.com.

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MPE Partners Announces An Investment In Ideal Aluminum, LLC MPE Partners (Morgenthaler Private Equity) has announced an investment in Ideal Aluminum, a market leading, designer and manufacturer of premium aluminum fences, gates, railings, and other related outdoor products. Ideal offers thousands of styles of fences, gates, railings, and other premium outdoor products and an infinite number of specialty custom products. Ideal is an award-winning company, having been named the U.S. Senate’s Small Business of the Week in June 2020, and most recently awarded Fence Manufacturer of the Year for 2020 by the American Fence Association. Ideal sells to a diverse customer base of fence installers as well as through select distributor partners throughout the U.S. and has become a top employer in Northeast Florida. MPE partnered in the transaction with entrepreneurs, Michael Siegel and Doug Brady, who will continue to lead the business, supported by a talented senior management team. Graham Schena, Partner at MPE, commented, “We are excited to partner with Michael, Doug, and the rest of the talented Ideal team to execute on attractive organic and inorganic growth initiatives.” Michael Duffy, Vice President at MPE, said, “Ideal has cultivated an industry-wide reputation for product quality and customer service, and we are honored to have been chosen as their partner during such a dynamic time in the fence industry.” Doug Brady added, “We look forward to leveraging MPE’s experience from previous investments in residential products disruptors and believe that with their support, we will continue to differentiate ourselves in the market.” Michael Siegel added, “We have always focused on delivering a strong value proposition to installers and homeowners. We are confident MPE shares those same ambitions and will be an instrumental part of our success going forward.”

ABOUT IDEAL ALUMINUM Headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, Ideal is a market leading, designer and manufacturer of premium aluminum fences, gates, railings, and other related outdoor products for residential and commercial applications. Ideal offers over 1,500 fences, gates, railings, and other premium outdoor products as well as an infinite number of specialty custom products in varying designs, colors, and sizes. For more information, visit ideal-ap.com.

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